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McKinley Explorer

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Address: Fairbanks, AK
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A scenic railroad spanning 356 miles, from Fairbanks to Anchorage.

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Train Ride from Fairbanks to Denali - Celebrity Curise Land Package

This is a dome train ride from Fairbanks to Denali Park as part of the Celebrity Cruise Land Package. The first 1/2 of the train ride is just in the middle of trees with not a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Webster, New York
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Webster, New York
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a dome train ride from Fairbanks to Denali Park as part of the Celebrity Cruise Land Package. The first 1/2 of the train ride is just in the middle of trees with not a lot of scenery, and then you break out into the open to see the real landscape of Alaska when not in the woods. We... More 

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Savoy, Illinois
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The train was comfortable, the crew was very friendly and knowledgeable, and best of all, the view was amazing. The day started with overcast skies and a light drizzle, but thankfully, the weather cleared up in about an hour. What a difference sunshine makes! The temperature was in low 70s, so my sons and I spent half the time on... More 

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New Holland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was on the McKinley Explorer 2 different days. It was so much fun. The ride was smooth and the big windows helped you see well even if you were sitting on the aisle. There are very nice guides on board who give you lots of information on the way through the area. On the first day we got to... More 

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Thank MemeDolphin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took a morning tour from Fairbanks to Denali on a pre-cruise trip. We enjoyed the scenic vistas and occasional sightings of wildlife. The breakfast was very good with blueberry pancakes and reindeer sausage. The offer several other good choices as well. The ride is a little bumpy and sways a bit, but pretty comfortable overall.

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Hazelhurst, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A party with spectacular views from Talkeetna to Denali! Our bartender and tour guide made this enjoyable trip even more fun, and educational as well. We were fortunate enough to have multiple CLOUDLESS views of Denali. We also spotted a cow moose with a calf standing in a marsh. The train runs slow enough to get great photos. We passed... More 

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Rusk, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Large comfortable seating upstairs in a dome car with panoramic views of the entire trip. Restaurant downstairs with fairly good food and fairly reasonable prices....for Alaska. As almost always, large portions for large bill. Staff if friendly and accomodating.

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Sparta, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our domed car was beautiful however the trip up was so different than the way back. The journey up was disappointing not because of the scenic vistas or the seats that were roomy and comfortable but because of the staff. Although they seemed enthusiastic they were very focused on only the people who were in the cruise group. We were... More 

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Elgin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the day riding in the domed railcar with views of majestic mountainsides and deep river gorges. Hours and hours of glorious photo ops!

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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We rode the McKinley Explorer from Denali to Anchorage. We lucked out with a sunny day that allowed us fantastic views of Mt.Denali for more than an hour directly from our seats through the glass domed roof. The train practically stops when there are particularly good views, so passengers can take pictures. Snacks and drinks (including alcohol) can be purchased... More 

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Salem
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The dome windows provide a wonderful view of the landscape and animals. Knowledgeable tour guides narrate the trip, and ours was funny, as well. It was a very pleasant way to travel and see the sights of wild Alaska.

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